Most of the schools located in or near Phoenix that have dental assisting programs are for-profit institutions. Based on distinction, school type and number of 2-year degrees conferred, the following community college is considered a top school in Phoenix for dental assisting studies:
- Winner: Phoenix College is the largest school in terms of student population located directly in Phoenix that provides dental assisting programs. It is also the only public postsecondary institution in the city to offer such programs. Students can earn a certificate or an associate's degree in dental assisting.
School Info Chart
|Distinction||Flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges system, one of the largest community college systems in the U.S. and the largest provider of postsecondary education and career training in the state*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,974 (in state); $7,758 (out-of-state)**|
|Dental Assisting Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Dental Assisting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||36**|
|Most Popular Dental Assisting Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (19 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%**|
|Noteworthy||Dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association|
- 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Dental assisting program integrates classroom and lab studies with hands-on practical experience in actual dental clinics and offices
- Dental assisting graduates eligible to sit for written and oral sections of state and national certification exams
Phoenix College is a 2-year community college situated in the downtown region of Phoenix. More than 12,000 students are enrolled each year. The school has the designation of being a Hispanic-serving institution. A Certificate of Completion and an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting are available at this college. Before enrolling in any dental assisting program, individuals must be certified in CPR, and they must pass drug screening tests.
Full-time students can complete the Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting program in two semesters; part-time students can finish the program in four semesters. Students learn how to expose dental X-rays, educate patients, assist the dentist and perform dental laboratory procedures. Coursework covers emergency medicine, preventative dentistry, dental radiography, pharmacology and oral pathology. Students also complete several dental assisting labs.
The 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program includes all courses from the certificate program, thus allowing students to earn a certificate as well as an associate's degree. Students gain dental skills in radiographic, clinical and laboratory procedures. General education courses are required as well.